Local nonprofits have been at the forefront of supporting COVID-19 prevention efforts in rural India.
Local nonprofits have been at the forefront of supporting COVID-19 prevention efforts in rural India. They ran continuous awareness campaigns that encouraged village communities to adopt precautionary measures while dispelling misinformation about the coronavirus disease. Frontline work to educate people on tackling the coronavirus disease has been critical in stemming a large pandemic outbreak in the villages.
The nonprofit Shrishti works to uplift the marginalised communities in Odisha through interventions in education, health, livelihoods, technology transfer and policy advocacy.
As part of their COVID-19 response work, field teams from Srishti have been conducting awareness campaigns on the importance of maintaining safe distance and frequent hand washing with water and soap as the first-line of defence against the coronavirus disease.
These awareness programs have reached 40,000 families in over 100 villages in Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur districts of Odisha. Nearly 15,000 leaders of self help groups, village development committee members, community resource persons, and field staff of Srishti have been trained for these programmes through field demonstrations. These on the ground training sessions covered hand washing and sanitizing, maintaining physical distance and taking oath to respect the guidelines from the government with regard to COVID-19.
Srishti team uses WhatsApp to disseminate information daily on new guidelines and updates from the government regarding COVID-19 with its #RCRC partners Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD), Gram Vikas and Harsha Trust.
Shrishti is a member of the Odisha Chapter of the RCRC, a coalition of 65 civil society organisations supporting the rural poor, marginalised communities through direct action, research and policy advocacy, to respond to the devastating disruption caused by COVID-19.